Writer lays rumors to rest in book on Brontes
Something is rotten in the state of literary criticism, says scholar Lucasta Miller in The Bronte Myth, her refreshingly honest book about her own field.

Arts calendar
ART AND WINE: 215 Park Ave. S.E., Aiken; portraits, prints, etchings, wine; visits by appointment; noon-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday; www.poloartist.com; (803) 648-3564.

Coffee-table titles led by big book about a big boat
A big new book about a big new boat has dropped anchor in bookstores.

Coffee-table titles led by big book about a big boat

Books can help let Mom know she's loved
Most people will tell you they love their mother, but oftentimes they forget to mention it to mom.

Alice Randall's new book addresses universal truths

'Birth of Venus' an enchanting novel of Renaissance Florence
"The Birth of Venus" is Sarah Dunant's alluring novel about a rebellious and strong-willed girl who eventually finds what she has been seeking - the freedom to paint - in an unlikely place.

'Birth of Venus' an enchanting novel of Renaissance Florence

New biography seeks to raise reputation of Alexander Hamilton
NEW YORK -- Dressed in shawls and widow's black, Eliza Hamilton would guide visitors through her house in Washington, D.C., serving the memory of her husband, Alexander Hamilton, who had died decades earlier in his duel with Aaron Burr.

Best sellers

Best sellers
Here is a list of this week's best sellers.

Author preaches punctuation

Author preaches punctuation
If someone were to tell you there was a popular book on the subject of punctuation, you'd probably use all the marks in response: What! On punctuation? Hmmmmm ... It's hard to believe; on the other hand, maybe not.

Writer lays rumors to rest in book on Brontes

Alice Randall's new book addresses universal truths
If novelist Alice Randall stirred up trouble with her controversial parody, "The Wind Done Gone," she kicks up dirt with her second novel, which challenges stereotypes about race, beauty and motherhood, and explores the taboo subject of interracial relationships.

Books can help let Mom know she's loved

New biography seeks to raise reputation of Alexander Hamilton

Molitor tours Hall of Fame

Jaguars zero in on title
Lee Rose stood outside the dugout, his uniform muddied from chest to shin. And he couldn't have been any happier.

Jaguars' losses put postseason in limbo
Somber faces stared into open spaces as shadows fell upon Jaguar Field late Saturday afternoon.

MLB begins drug testing program in Dominican
NEW YORK -- Major League Baseball will begin a drug testing program for the Dominican Summer League, checking players for steroids and other banned substances this year.

Jaguars zero in on title

Molitor tours Hall of Fame
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Walking through the National Baseball Hall of Fame surrounded by the game's history, Paul Molitor paused to consider his ideal lineup.

Giants' Pierzynski answers critics in victory
SAN FRANCISCO -- A.J. Pierzynski has been booed by the Giants faithful and ripped by three pitchers he works with every day.

Jaguars' losses put postseason in limbo

Giants' Pierzynski answers critics in victory

Life lessons were learned long before 'free' ski trip

Chuck-A-Rama apologizes for cutting low-carb couple off beef at buffet
SALT LAKE CITY -- Chuck-A-Rama says it's still not an all-you-can-eat establishment, but the restaurant chain is serving up an apology to a low-carb couple cut off from eating beef after making one too many trips to the buffet.

Odds and Ends
SEATTLE -- Larry Star didn't find wedded bliss with his bride, but he did find fame and a modest fortune by donning his ex's gown.

Former big leaguer stuck in minor league bathroom
The wait for the bathroom never was supposed to be this long.

Japanese airline pilot nods off in air - in front of inspector
TOKYO -- A Japanese airline pilot nodded off twice while at the controls of a domestic flight last month - in front of a transport official who happened to be on board for a routine inspection.

Kennedy is comfortable in Colorado
DENVER -- A spring snowstorm was the only thing that stopped Joe Kennedy this April.

Atlanta offense gets split

Snow puts freeze to Braves-Rockies tilt
DENVER - A spring snowstorm was the only thing that stopped Joe Kennedy this April.

Atlanta offense gets split
DENVER -- The clutch hits that eluded the Atlanta Braves in the first game of their doubleheader against Colorado were plentiful in Game 2.

Snow puts freeze to Braves-Rockies tilt

Pocket change
Employee Spotlight: Winn-Dixie

Winn-Dixie plans to sell stores

Japan's unemployment rate improves to 4.7 percent in March

Economists predict rise in interest rates for this year
Prices for a growing list of goods and services from foodstuffs to clothes to hotel stays are going up each day. Raw materials and basic ingredients, such as scrap metal used in steel and soybeans found in pet food and Pop-Tarts, also are becoming more expensive.

Pocket change

Japan's unemployment rate improves to 4.7 percent in March

Clean technology firms attracting venture dollar

Move suits Men's Wearhouse
Men's Wearhouse will move from Augusta Mall to the Augusta Exchange later this month, saying a bigger store and the busier location should be better for business.

Eurostat says euro-zone inflation jumps in April to 2 percent
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The euro-zone's annual inflation rose to 2 percent in April, exceeding the European Central Bank's target of keeping inflation below 2 percent for the first time this year, a preliminary estimate by the European Union showed Friday.

Department stores make a tentative comeback
NEW YORK -- That stylish atmosphere that once defined America's department stores is making a comeback.

Focus is key attribute of successful companies
There are several books on the market that list the successful attributes of certain types of people. These books suggest that if you know why a group of people is successful at something, it will help you to become successful. I have always thought this is a logical approach.

Clean technology firms attracting venture dollar
PALO ALTO, Calif. - Martin Roscheisen, the CEO of Nanosolar Inc., holds up a plastic vial filled with dark, purple liquid - the secret ingredient behind a new kind of technology startup that's turning heads in Silicon Valley.

On the move
l Corey Myers has been named the manager of the Wal-Mart Supercenter on Deans Bridge Road, replacing Travis Bailey, who was promoted to a field training position. Mr. Myers, who started with the company as a cart pusher in 1993 while serving in the Navy in Savannah, Ga., was previously store manager of the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Americus, Ga. Mr. Myers earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Savannah State University.

Property transfers
Richmond County property transfers for April 6-14. The date indicates when the transaction was recorded in the clerk's office:

Department stores make a tentative comeback

Move suits Men's Wearhouse

Company sees demand for wood floors
Greg Hunnicutt and Charles Marks have worked together so long, they're starting to sound like a married couple.

Google gets philosophical in IPO notice

Company sees demand for wood floors

April consumer sentiment weakens

South leads nation's home sales boom, but slowdown predicted

South leads nation's home sales boom, but slowdown predicted
ATLANTA -- If the housing market is keeping the nation's economy afloat, it's the South that's doing the hardest paddling.

DaimlerChrysler maintains Mitsubishi stake

China orders new probe of construction projects in overheated industries
SHANGHAI, China -- The Chinese government broadened its investigations into construction projects in its latest attempt to slow growth in the economy.

China orders new probe of construction projects in overheated industries

Google gets philosophical in IPO notice
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- When Google Inc. began its explosive rise nearly six years ago, it was unconventional in its stark layout, absence of annoying banner ads and unprecedented usefulness.

Consumer spending rises by modest 0.4 percent in March
WASHINGTON -- Consumers, an important force shaping the economic recovery, spent modestly in March, helping the economy log solid growth in the last quarter.

Thousands celebrate as European Union nears its historic expansion

Japan's unemployment rate improves to 4.7 percent in March
TOKYO -- Japan's unemployment rate improved to 4.7 percent in March, the best showing in three years, the government said Friday, amid growing signs that the nation is undergoing a moderate recovery.

DaimlerChrysler maintains Mitsubishi stake
STUTTGART, Germany -- Automaker DaimlerChrysler will keep its 37 percent stake in Mitsubishi Motors despite its decision to cut off funding to its troubled Japanese partner, its chief executive said as he reaffirmed Daimler's goal of a strong presence in Asia.

Property transfers

April consumer sentiment weakens
NEW YORK - Consumers grew a bit less optimistic about the economy in April, according to a report released Friday.

Economists predict rise in interest rates for this year

Thousands celebrate as European Union nears its historic expansion
PRAGUE, Czech Republic -- Hundreds of thousands of people across the "new Europe" celebrated with street festivals in a jubilant countdown Friday to the European Union's historic enlargement.

Focus is key attribute of successful companies

Winn-Dixie plans to sell stores
The eight metro area Winn-Dixie supermarkets and their roughly 500 employees dodged a bullet Friday after the company said it was closing or selling 10 percent of its stores nationwide, but none in Augusta.

Owners need to plan for vacations - for them and their kids

On the move

Owners need to plan for vacations - for them and their kids
NEW YORK -- With summer not far off, small business owners should be thinking about vacations - for themselves and their children.

Chairman objects to Craig's switch

Chairman objects to Craig's switch
The political season - and the fireworks - began in earnest last week with qualifying for the July elections.

Jaguars start searching for coach

Highway bill unfair
Some congressional lawmakers are against the 2004 federal transportation bill because, at nearly $300 billion, it's too expensive; others oppose it because they think it's too cheap.

Kolb deserves better
That Augusta Administrator George Kolb is looking for a new job is about as surprising as the sun rising in the east. The wonder is he hasn't looked sooner.

Kolb deserves better

Iraq War memorial?
Ted Koppel's motivations may be upstanding. But given the knee-jerk liberalism of so many traditional news media outlets, you have to wonder exactly what the point is of having used his Nightline program Friday night to read a list of the 500-plus U.S. war dead in Iraq.

Iraq War memorial?

Taliaferro's David
A Georgia Environmental Protection Division's decision has enabled the Taliaferro County David to slay the mighty Atlanta Goliath. It took awhile, but it finally happened.

Taliaferro's David

Highway bill unfair

Beginning of the end?
Is it a coincidence? A mere statistical quirk? A cyclical irrelevancy? An ominous lull?

The top five list
Here are the top five TV shows, movies, music, concerts and video sales.

Bob Edwards signs off as host of NPR's 'Morning Edition'
NEW YORK -- Bob Edwards signed off Friday after nearly 25 years as host of National Public Radio's "Morning Edition," thanking the "hundreds of people who have done their best to make me sound like I know what I'm talking about."

People in the News
NEW YORK -- Menudo, the popular Puerto Rican teen pop band of the '70s and '80s, is being revived.

Video best
Weekly charts for the nation's most popular videos as they appear in next week's issue of Billboard magazine:

Michael Jackson indicted pleads not guilty to charges
SANTA MARIA, Calif. -- Michael Jackson pleaded not guilty Friday to a grand jury indictment charging him with child molestation and a conspiracy count involving allegations of child abduction, false imprisonment and extortion.

Heidi Fleiss sues ex-boyfriend Tom Sizemore
SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- Former Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss has sued ex-boyfriend and actor Tom Sizemore, seeking unspecified damages for domestic violence and property she allegedly lost during their volatile relationship.

Survey shows investors not concerned about fund scandal

Volkswagen posts first quarter loss on weak car sales worldwide

Big Movers in the Stock Market
NEW YORK -- Stocks that were moving substantially or trading heavily Friday on the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq Stock Market.

Dollar mixed against major rivals
NEW YORK - The dollar slipped against the euro and pound but gained against the yen and Swiss franc Friday as dealers adjusted positions ahead of the weekend and potential market-moving events next week.

Do I redeem airline miles or just buy the ticket?
Q: I have a fair amount of frequent flier miles I save for emergencies or expensive trips to remote or obscure locales. For more mundane trips, how do I determine whether it's wiser to cash in some miles or to just buy the ticket?

Volkswagen posts first quarter loss on weak car sales worldwide
BERLIN -- German automaker Volkswagen announced Friday it lost 71 million euros ($84.8 million) in the first quarter, largely because of weak car sales and the strong euro.

Tokyo stocks close sharply lower, dollar up against yen
TOKYO -- Tokyo's key stock index plunged more than 2 percent Friday on selloffs sparked by concerns that the United States and China - Japan's two biggest export markets - would be tightening monetary policy.

Dollar mixed against major rivals

Tokyo stocks close sharply lower, dollar up against yen

Big Movers in the Stock Market

Tech stocks pull Wall Street sharply lower
NEW YORK -- The plunging technology sector pulled the rest of Wall Street lower Friday, giving the stock market a dismal end to a difficult week and the Nasdaq composite index its biggest weekly decline in 1 1/2 years. Blue chip stocks surrendered moderate gains as fears of higher interest rates again prompted investors to overlook strong earnings - this time from ChevronTexaco Corp. and Procter & Gamble Co.

Survey shows investors not concerned about fund scandal
Survey shows investors aren't very knowledgeable or concerned about fund scandal

Late errors cost GreenJackets
GreenJackets fans saw another quality start by an Augusta pitcher go to waste Saturday night at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

Fleisher takes two-stroke lead at Bruno's

Good returns for Tant

Bad weather once again halts play at HP Classic
NEW ORLEANS -- On Saturday, Danny Ellis did something he'd never done before: take a lead in a PGA Tour event.

Easley enjoys format
AIKEN - The Southern Cross golf tournament's unusual format played right into the hands of Easley High, which roared to a one-sided victory Saturday at Palmetto Golf Club.

Golf capsules

Easley enjoys format

Friday's Golf Capsules
STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. -- Aree Song shot a 6-under 66 Friday and shared the lead at the midway point of the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship with Lorie Kane.

In tune: Song leads at midway point of Chick-fil-A

In tune: Song leads at midway point of Chick-fil-A
STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. -- On her last day as a 17-year-old, Aree Song hardly played like a teenager.

Golf capsules
STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. -- Aree Song celebrated her 18th birthday by hanging on to the lead.

Fleisher takes two-stroke lead at Bruno's
HOOVER, Ala. -- Bruce Fleisher shot an 8-under 64 Friday and held a two-stroke lead over Lonnie Nielsen after the first round of the Bruno's Memorial Classic.

Hossack tops '03 champ
Chip Whitaker was hoping to breeze through his first-round match in the City of Augusta Match Play Championship on Saturday and conserve his energy for the quarterfinals later in the day.

Golfers find shelter from the stormy weather in New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS -- As a steady rain fell, Kent Jones' golf bag stood on a soggy rug by the door of his RV.

Hossack tops '03 champ

Good returns for Tant
The way Roger Tant played Augusta Municipal Golf Course on Friday, it looked like he'd never left.

Golfers find shelter from the stormy weather in New Orleans

Late errors cost GreenJackets

Calgary's Nieminen suspended for one game by NHL for charging Joseph

Calgary takes lead in playoff series
DETROIT -- When Calgary's Miikka Kiprusoff made the final save of his shutout against the Detroit Red Wings, he held the puck above his head as the game-ending blue light went on behind him.

Calgary's Nieminen suspended for one game by NHL for charging Joseph
TORONTO -- Calgary forward Ville Nieminen was suspended for one game by the NHL on Friday for charging Detroit goaltender Curtis Joseph, and will miss Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinal series.

Calgary takes lead in playoff series

Life lessons were learned long before 'free' ski trip
My family just returned from the free vacation ski trip we won last December at an Atlanta sports event.

Prayer rally was overwhelming
What a shame that the local TV media missed a chance for some special reporting a week ago Friday night, and that The Augusta Chronicle did not have an article on the Prayer and Praise program that took place at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center on April 16. Carolyn K. Kershner, Augusta

Loud races hamper fun for others

Abortion amounts to a life lost

Church reinforces tenets of Catholicism

Loud races hamper fun for others
Michael Kerns' April 25 letter, "Race track is a noisy nuisance," is one of the first I have seen from a resident near the race track in Grovetown in some time. One woman compared the race track noise to the fair at the Columbia County fairgrounds near her, which she enjoys. The weeks of fairs do not compare to the weekly races that run for almost six months a year. Margaret Ann Hogue, Grovetown

Prayer rally was overwhelming

Church reinforces tenets of Catholicism
Regarding the Vatican's new edict tightening the rules for Mass: Thank God that the hierarchy of the Catholic Church in Rome and in this country is again exerting moral leadership in regard to the expectations of the church's clergy and laity. The Rev. Allan J. McDonald, Augusta (Editor's note: The writer is pastor of the Catholic Church of the Most Holy Trinity in Augusta.)

Broker sane Mideast solution
There is plenty of blame for all parties to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, including the United States. I wish The Augusta Chronicle had chosen - for once - to offer a forum for reasoned discussion instead of praising Israel's assassination of Hamas leaders. Susan Yarborough, Augusta

Abortion amounts to a life lost
The Augusta Chronicle report concerning faith and politics ("Faith at the polls," April 24) should cause all who read it to ask themselves: Why does the politician I plan to vote for in November state that he or she "personally opposes abortion"? Is it because they believe it causes the death of an unborn human? If so, can this politician rationally not impose their viewpoint on another? Mark Tribby, D.V.M., Augusta

Broker sane Mideast solution

More vacation pay for Larke?
I personally have no problem with (Richmond County School Superintendent) Charles Larke's vacation pay as long as it was within longstanding school board policy. However, if rumors I hear are true, will that also be included in his retirement? Hoke N. Brantley, Augusta

More vacation pay for Larke?

President Bush is a huge failure
When will America accept the Bush administration for the miserable failure it is? It seems the war on terror has been sidetracked to Iraq for personal and oil interests. Dave Gleaton, Aiken, S.C.

Web site posts drug price comparisons for new discount card

Put instructions on wedding invitations

Fears rise along with 'hot lab' building boom

Sunless products are safe, easy applications

Soundwalk audio gives insider's tour of NYC

Condo wasn't best fit for couple's family plan

Study finds exercise staves off cognitive effects of aging

Blood pressure campaign to entice with money-back guarantee

Third adult performer in LA tests positive for HIV

Heart disease huge but underappreciated global problem

FDR's 'Little White House' in Georgia

Study: penicillin allergy may not recur as often as commonly thought

Day-trippers urged to see the sights in Baltimore

China confirms world's first SARS death of the year

Q&A: Crawl space condensdation

A missing H-bomb lies off Georgia's coast - but is it a danger?

A missing H-bomb lies off Georgia's coast - but is it a danger?
WASSAW ISLAND, Ga. -- The 20-foot Boston Whaler bobs in the swells of Wassaw Sound off Savannah. The engines grumble as Derek Duke peers over the stern. This, he says, is the place.

Day-trippers urged to see the sights in Baltimore
BALTIMORE -- Day-trippers from around the mid-Atlantic visit Baltimore each year to catch an Orioles or Ravens game and stroll along brick sidewalks lined with shops, seafood restaurants, museums and other attractions in one of the nation's oldest seaports.

Put instructions on wedding invitations
Dear Carson: My son will have a small wedding ceremony in New York with about 40 to 50 guests, including family and a few close friends. It is his and the bride's second marriage and my son does not want his guests to have to pack and wear tuxedos. How should we word the invitation? My son wants to put on the invitations, "Tux not necessary,"but I think that is tacky. My idea is to let people know by word of mouth. Do you have any suggestions? - Dress Dilemma

Study: penicillin allergy may not recur as often as commonly thought
PHILADELPHIA -- A study by University of Pennsylvania researchers casts doubt on the conventional wisdom that most penicillin allergies are forever.

Condo wasn't best fit for couple's family plan
It would have been easy for Keith and DiAnn Peeples to do things as things are done, but that wouldn't have made them happy.

China confirms world's first SARS death of the year
BEIJING -- China on Friday confirmed the world's first death from SARS this year as millions of Chinese were screened for symptoms of the contagious disease before boarding trains and planes for the May Day holiday.

Soundwalk audio gives insider's tour of NYC
NEW YORK -- "I want to see your New York." That's what people tell me when they come to visit me here. Maybe it's their second or third visit and they've already been to Ellis Island and taken the double-decker bus tour. Or maybe it's their first visit and they want to bypass the spoon-fed tourist experience and go straight for the nitty-gritty. To these people I say, "Go take a Soundwalk."

Heart disease huge but underappreciated global problem
NEW YORK -- Heart disease is a huge but largely overlooked problem for global health, striking working-age people in developing countries and hampering their economies, a new report concludes.

Limited editions revamp fashion
NEW YORK - The beauty business is built on brand loyalty. More so than the fickle world of fashion, fragrance and cosmetics makers count on customers who buy the same product again and again.

Blood pressure campaign to entice with money-back guarantee
WASHINGTON -- Too many people with high blood pressure quit medication because they don't feel bad - even though the disease is silently attacking arteries and organs. Now a drug giant is offering an extra incentive to stick with it: a money-back guarantee.

FDR's 'Little White House' in Georgia
WARM SPRINGS, Ga. -- Suzanne Pike remembers gazing up at a smiling Franklin D. Roosevelt from her wheelchair. It was during one of the president's trips to Georgia where he sought relief from the crippling effects of polio in the warm mineral water gushing from the base of Pine Mountain.

Study finds exercise staves off cognitive effects of aging
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Older people who exercise regularly are more likely to maintain brain function used for everyday tasks like following a recipe and keeping the pills they take straight, Ohio State University researchers say.

In the know
As American Idol fever continues, first winner Kelly Clarkson appears in animated form on Fox's King of the Hill, with her real voice on the soundtrack.

Q&A: Crawl space condensdation
Q. Stephen asks: I built my home four years ago in accordance with strict county and state energy requirements. My problem is condensation in the crawl space, along the foundation wall on the north side of the house during the winter months. The moisture is wetting my rim joist, floor joists, insulation and mud sill. I installed more foundation vents, but this hasn't helped. Do you have any suggestions?

Web site posts drug price comparisons for new discount card
WASHINGTON -- Sponsors of the new Medicare drug discount card on Friday said some prices are wrong on the online prescription price comparison that the Bush administration rolled out a day earlier.

Fears rise along with 'hot lab' building boom
SAN FRANCISCO -- From Boston to Livermore, Calif., "hot labs" designed to combat bioterrorism and house the world's deadliest germs are being planned and constructed with a huge cash infusion from the federal government.

Third adult performer in LA tests positive for HIV
LOS ANGELES -- A third adult movie performer tested positive Thursday for the virus that causes AIDS in the midst of an HIV outbreak that has halted most production, according to the director of an AIDS testing service.

Sunless products are safe, easy applications
We can blame fashion for a multitude of physical ailments: hammer toes from ill-fitting shoes, tight-pants syndrome from, well, tight pants. But nothing has been more damaging - or deadly - than the suntan.

Lilly to test weight-loss drugs
INDIANAPOLIS -- Eli Lilly and Co. said it plans to begin clinical trials of five weight-loss drugs this year.

Inmates' parole is delayed

Family, friends mourn 8-year-old at funeral

Life is a juggling act for nontraditional students

Limehouse prepares for attack
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - When you dream about winning the Kentucky Derby long enough, the vision of the perfect race is clear in your mind.

News you can use
MAY 1, 1984 Augusta Mayor Edward M. McIntyre said Monday night he had made no decision about whether he will resign from office following his conviction on federal charges.

Veterinary officials say animals have confidentiality rights, too
ATHENS, Ga. - The University of Georgia's veterinary hospital treats thousands of horses, cows, cats, dogs, ferrets, birds, reptiles and other pets each year. But don't ask for information about them.

Across the southeast

News you can use
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

Clerk reports threats by chief

Museum will restore Bettis Academy to life
TRENTON, S.C. - When people ask Patria Brayboy, 95, about Bettis Academy, memories from her childhood start to stir.

Around town

'Chronicle' seeks D-Day veterans
The Augusta Chronicle would like to talk to all area D-Day veterans.

Across the area
Final jury selection in a man's death penalty trial is set to begin Monday morning in Richmond County Superior Court.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Minister convicted of molestation can return

Minister convicted of molestation can return
SHARON, S.C. - At tiny St. John Baptist Church, the congregation was faced with a pastor who confessed to molestation, and it decided to let others cast the first stone.

Brown's arrest delays statue's raising

Architects uncover house's past

Man is denied bond in slaying

'Chronicle' seeks D-Day veterans

Across the area

Museum will restore Bettis Academy to life

Officers take aim for meet

News you can use

Edwards, Tenenbaum rouse Democratic convention crowd

Rants and raves
Because we receive a number of comments and questions about The Augusta Chronicle, we use Saturday's Rants & Raves column to set the record straight.

Female general gets promotion
After almost a year of waiting, it's official: Brig. Gen. Janet Hicks will get a second star on her collar.

Correction

Future of Fort Discovery lies in limbo

Female general gets promotion

Davison honored at funeral

Budget shortfall may halt projects

Plagiarism keeps students from graduating

Three charged with burglary

Clerk reports threats by chief
AIKEN - The day after embattled New Ellenton Police Chief Van McMillan called the Aiken County Sheriff's Office to report vandalism at his home, a city clerk told authorities that the chief "violently" threatened the city and the office of Second Circuit Solicitor Barbara Morgan, records show.

Obstacles slow farmers' work

A hint of Kentucky music heads south

Cruise, cookout bring Augustans to enjoy canal

Around town
Ian McClelland (left), 8, and Josh VanDrun, 9, both third-grade pupils at Westminster Christian Academy, plug their ears as a horn sounds aboard the Henry Cumming on the Augusta Canal.

Obstacles slow farmers' work
DENMARK, S.C. - Down a gravel road about 3 miles south of this Bamberg County town, the earth is being tilled into long, straight rows at Still Water Farms.

Across the region
ATLANTA - Georgia State University has suspended a black student organization accused of harassing a member of a fraternity that had played host to a party where two white students appeared in blackface.

Officers take aim for meet
AIKEN - Despite being separated by a vast ocean, security officers who guard nuclear sites in the United States and the United Kingdom share the sense that the world of law enforcement has been transformed since Sept. 11, 2001.

Democrat Oxford joins Senate race
ATLANTA - Self-made millionaire and south Georgia native William Cliff Oxford made a last-minute entry Friday into the already crowded race to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Zell Miller.

Across the region

Architects uncover house's past
ATHENS, Ga. - The T.R.R. Cobb House is getting ready to go through its third incarnation - returning to Athens and to the Greek Revival style it took more than 150 years ago.

Kid of the day

Service group is given check
A small idea that grew into the area's largest food drive was awarded more than $10,000 Friday as one of 10 nationwide winners for Make A Difference Day.

Rants and raves
Because we receive a number of comments and questions about The Augusta Chronicle, we use Saturday's Rants & Raves column to set the record straight.

Adams gives back funds in paycheck mistake
ATHENS - University of Georgia President Michael Adams had to repay the state for an "unauthorized salary increase'' of $12,000 last year after a state auditor detected the overpayment.

Family, friends mourn 8-year-old at funeral
VILLA RICA, Ga. - The Rev. Marc Curlee said he "felt helpless" as he attempted to find words to comfort the family of Amy Yates.

Kid of the Day
Today's Kid of the Day is Mariah Ann Bullard of Augusta.

Brown's arrest delays statue's raising
There's at least one present James Brown won't receive this year for his birthday - a statue in his honor in downtown Augusta.

A hint of Kentucky music heads south
AIKEN - On a day when a little bit of Aiken was on display in Kentucky, a little bit of Kentucky came to Aiken.

Three charged with burglary
Richmond County sheriff's deputies arrested three men who have or once had connections to oil change businesses in Augusta, officials said Friday.

Nearly 100 join Sanford for first leg of bike ride
COLUMBIA - The challenge was different for each of the scores of bicyclists who pedaled along South Carolina's back roads with Gov. Mark Sanford on Saturday.

Correction
A story in Wednesday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle about highway surveillance misidentified the employer of Vernon Collins. He works for Augusta Delivery Service.

Former death row inmate seeks parole
ROCK HILL, S.C. - A man who sat on death row for 17 years gets his first shot at parole Wednesday.

Nearly 100 join Sanford for first leg of bike ride

Across the southeast
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Two congressmen concerned about safety in the fast-growing regional airline industry after a crash last year in Charlotte resulted in the death of 21 people want a federal study of the issue.

Man is denied bond in slaying
Bond was denied Friday for an Augusta man accused of fatally shooting a childhood friend after an argument over a woman.

Davison honored at funeral
Friends, family and colleagues gathered Saturday morning to say goodbye to a man credited with turning the state's flagship university into an academic powerhouse.

Official named in plaque case
WINDER, Ga. - A Barrow County commissioner has acknowledged he is the person who hung a Ten Commandments plaque in a courthouse hallway almost two years ago, sparking an ongoing legal challenge by the American Civil Liberties Union.

Cruise, cookout bring Augustans to enjoy canal
By the time the Quibeuf family had readied their bicycles Saturday, the rain started to clear away for a nice ride along the Augusta Canal.

Life is a juggling act for nontraditional students
Christie Duff stands out in a world of fresh-faced 20-year-olds.

Across the area
A man was jailed by North Augusta Department of Public Safety officers after a woman told them that he assaulted her and tried to take her to Columbia against her will Saturday morning, a report states.

Budget shortfall may halt projects
AIKEN - Work on an unspecified number of projects at the Savannah River Site could be temporarily stopped if officials don't fill a $51 million budget shortfall, a spokesman said Friday.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Two teens have been charged in connection with the death of a 6-month-old infant who was in foster care.

Kid of the day
Today's kid of the day is Taylore A. Baker, 4, of Grovetown.

Inmates' parole is delayed
ATLANTA - Eighteen state prison inmates have been paroled after it was discovered that their files and those of dozens of others languished in the office of a Board of Pardons and Paroles official - in some cases for years.

Lawyer will vie for District 3
A third candidate qualified for the District 3 seat on the Augusta Commission on Friday, the last day of qualifying for the July 20 general primary, nonpartisan and special elections.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Georgia's largest newspaper, is buying the state's largest Spanish-language paper, Mundo Hispanico.

Kid of the Day

Future of Fort Discovery lies in limbo
As the General Assembly goes into special session Monday, legislators must pass a balanced budget that includes anything from roads and bridges to schoolbooks.

Plagiarism keeps students from graduating
ATHENS, Ga. - A pair of University of Georgia students were kept from Friday's journalism school graduation ceremony, just a few days after articles they wrote for a student newspaper were found to be plagiarized.

Across the area

Horse deserves shot at Pimlico
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Through the mud that was caked on his face, Jose Santos' satisfaction could not be suppressed.

Christina Aguilera calls off tour due to strained vocal cords
NEW YORK -- Christina Aguilera has canceled her North American tour, set to begin in May, because she has strained her vocal cords.

Technology allows immediate live-concert downloads
NEW YORK -- There was the 78, the 45 and then the MP3 - all heralded as great innovations in music recording technology. Fast forward a bit and now, minutes after your favorite band sounds its last note, you can load a live recording onto a cigarette-lighter-sized hard drive hanging off your keychain.

Last minute Philharmonic sub is driven by music, limo
NEW YORK -- He was late for his piano recital at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, but Louis Lortie had a good excuse. He just performed at Avery Fisher Hall with the New York Philharmonic, filling in at the last minute for an ailing superstar.

Technology allows immediate live-concert downloads

Christina Aguilera calls off tour due to strained vocal cords

Last minute Philharmonic sub is driven by music, limo

Celia Cruz, Ricky Martin and Juanes lead Latin Billboard winners
MIAMI -- Nearly a year after her death, Celia Cruz's music is still winning awards and moving hips.

Mainstreaming is latest rage

Biffle wins Busch race
FONTANA, Calif. -- Greg Biffle's engine had a sporadic cough, he was losing oil pressure, had hot air blowing in his face - and he still won Saturday's Busch Series race at California Speedway.

Young drivers take top starting spots

Biffle wins Busch race

Mainstreaming is latest rage
When NASCAR roars into Fontana, Calif., today, nearly 100,000 fans will be there to cheer.

Leffler wins Busch pole

Leffler wins Busch pole
FONTANA, Calif. -- Jason Leffler won his first Busch Series pole in nearly four years Friday, taking the top qualifying spot for the NASCAR Busch Series race at California Speedway.

Young drivers take top starting spots
FONTANA, Calif. - The four rookies who are in the top six starting spots for today's Auto Club 500 are fast and fearless. But Elliott Sadler, who's learned the lesson the hard way in the past couple years, knows that doesn't always translate to success during the main event.

Anthony out for Game 5 against Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS -- Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony missed Friday night's playoff game against the Minnesota Timberwolves with a sprained left knee.

Lakers-Spurs familiarity breeds playoff rivalry

Kings solve problems, get lucky to advance to second round

Mavs, Cuban could have a volatile offseason

Horry's hot hand and Lakers insight could help Spurs
SAN ANTONIO -- Robert Horry left Los Angeles with at least four valuable souvenirs from his six-plus years with the Lakers - three championship rings and a playbook.

Former NBA star Jayson Williams acquitted of manslaughter, convicted of tampering
SOMERVILLE, N.J. -- Former NBA star Jayson Williams was acquitted of manslaughter Friday in the shotgun slaying of a limousine driver at his mansion, but found guilty of trying to cover up the shooting.

Former NBA star Jayson Williams acquitted of manslaughter, convicted of tampering

Lakers-Spurs familiarity breeds playoff rivalry
SAN ANTONIO -- It has become an annual drama - the Los Angeles Lakers against the San Antonio Spurs in the playoffs.

Anthony out for Game 5 against Minnesota

Horry's hot hand and Lakers insight could help Spurs

Mavs, Cuban could have a volatile offseason
DALLAS -- Considering the bold moves Mark Cuban made after the Dallas Mavericks reached the conference finals last year, there's no telling what he might do after a first-round elimination this season.

Kings solve problems, get lucky to advance to second round
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- If it is defense that wins championships, the Sacramento Kings probably shouldn't block off a parade route past the California state Capitol just yet.

Nets have forgotten about '03 sweep of Pistons
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- As soon as the conversation shifted to the New Jersey Nets' sweep of the Detroit Pistons in the Eastern Conference final last year, Lawrence Frank cut it short.

Nets have forgotten about '03 sweep of Pistons

Jaguars start searching for coach
Augusta State's search for a new men's basketball coach takes full effect this week.

Jets CB Barrett to fly with commissioner to Tillman's funeral

Mora proud of new class

Jaguars backup quarterback diagnosed with Crohn's disease

Rookies get crash course on first day of minicamp

Dallas' Fair Park is Cowboys' first choice for new stadium

Officials insist Muhammad is staying with team

Bengals claim Kittner off waivers

Manning looking to improve on MVP numbers

Owens Practices with Eagles for First Time

There's a lot to absorb on first day for new safety

Falcons juggle linebackers

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Mrs. Eunice Skinner (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Ms. Caletha Patterson (JAMAICA, N.Y.)

Mr. Ronald Lee (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Evelyn Tucker (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

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Some Greeks fanning Olympic flame of dissent
ATHENS, Greece -- There are some holes in the welcome mat for the Olympic homecoming.

Athens tries to clean up its act

Some Greeks fanning Olympic flame of dissent

Kobe Bryant unlikely to play in Olympic Games
LOS ANGELES -- Kobe Bryant acknowledged Friday that his legal problems will probably prevent him from playing in this summer's Olympic Games.

Athens tries to clean up its act
ATHENS, Greece -- Preparing Athens' sports venues for the Olympics is hard enough. Keeping the city clean is another test.

Being an opinionated writer has been a challenge recently
Maybe it's the phase of the moon or maybe some star is out of whack in the cosmos, but I sure am getting fussed at these days. Even my good deeds don't go unpunished. I thought I was being extremely magnanimous when I said recently that Georgia Tech had a great basketball season and has a quality coach.

Being an opinionated writer has been a challenge recently
Maybe it's the phase of the moon or maybe some star is out of whack in the cosmos, but I sure am getting fussed at these days. Even my good deeds don't go unpunished. I thought I was being extremely magnanimous when I said recently that Georgia Tech had a great basketball season and has a quality coach.

D.A.'s exit is indictment of Democratic party
When asked why he's no longer a Democrat, District Attorney Danny Craig doesn't just answer.

D.A.'s exit is indictment of Democratic party
When asked why he's no longer a Democrat, District Attorney Danny Craig doesn't just answer.

Overtime

Williams in J&S Cup final match

Kentucky Derby is also a food festival

Horse deserves shot at Pimlico

Smarty Jones, Limehouse give thrills

Peterson hits the road

Maradona plays golf a day after leaving hospital

Area sports announcements

Ashado strides to victory in 130th Kentucky Oaks

Overtime

Kentucky Derby will be Baffertless

Smarty Jones, Limehouse give thrills
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A Pennsylvania car dealer started a horse farm in the 1980s with a lot of big dreams they hoped to achieve some day.

Spring prep sports scores
Here is a list of prep spring sports scores from Friday's action.

Derby a wide-open affair
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Hall of Fame candidate trainer Nick Zito believes this might be the "best betting" Kentucky Derby ever, with no clear-cut favorite in a wide-open field.

Kentucky Derby is also a food festival
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The Kentucky Derby isn't just about watching horses. Eating and drinking are a big part of the festivities.

Santos' reputation is no laughing matter
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - No matter how unjust it is, Jose Santos still hears about it from time to time.

Peterson hits the road
When Pete Peterson got home from the hospital following emergency gall bladder surgery, there was an e-mail waiting for him that he had been looking forward to for more than a year.

Maradona plays golf a day after leaving hospital
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Diego Maradona played golf on a secluded country estate Friday, a day after ending a 12-day hospital stay for heart and lung problems.

Favorite remains unbeaten
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A horse undervalued by everyone but the betting public won the Kentucky Derby on Saturday. Another horse undervalued by the bettors won a measure of respect.

Kentucky Derby will be Baffertless
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The most recognizable mane in thoroughbred racing won't be in the winner's circle at the Kentucky Derby.

Area sports announcements
Note: Announcements for participatory events must be written, delivered, mailed or faxed to The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903-1928, with a return address and phone number. No phone calls are accepted. Fax number: (706) 823-3408. The announcements will be published weekly.

Overtime
With two recent Division II signings, Glenn Hills has three Lady Spartans playing college basketball next season.

Williams in J&S Cup final match
WARSAW, Poland - Venus Williams reached the J&S Cup final for the second straight year after beating third-seeded Vera Zvonareva, 6-3, 6-2 on Saturday.

Ashado strides to victory in 130th Kentucky Oaks
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Ashado caught pacesetter Madcap Escapade in the final furlong and held off Island Sand to win Friday's $572,000, Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks, the precursor to the Kentucky Derby for 3-year-old fillies.

Overtime
The Augusta Area Junior Golf Association has announced its schedule for this summer.

Horse deserves shot at Pimlico
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Through the mud that was caked on his face, Jose Santos' satisfaction could not be suppressed.

Easter Seals expects big turnout

Two for 2

Two for 2
Alexis Fox is barely 2, but that didn't stop her from asking her dad, Kevin Fox of Evans, if she could tag along during a recent outing to Clarks Hill.

Outdoors calendar
NOTE: All the listed events are open to the public, although membership in some organizations may be required.

Easter Seals expects big turnout
More than $14,000 will be up for grabs Saturday during the 22nd annual Easter Seals Open Team Bass Tournament expected to lure as many as 200 boats to Columbia County's Wildwood Park.

Noisy house guests relocated
At first, my wife thought the noises in the ceiling were my imagination.

Edwards, Tenenbaum rouse Democratic convention crowd
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- North Carolina Sen. John Edwards had a warm homecoming at South Carolina's Democratic Party convention Saturday.

Bengals claim Kittner off waivers
CINCINNATI -- The Bengals claimed Kurt Kittner off waivers from the Atlanta Falcons on Friday, bringing in another candidate for the third quarterback job.

eBay sellers auction items linked to NFL player killed in combat
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Pat Tillman memorabilia have become hot items on the online auction site eBay. Some people are offended that sellers are trying to profit from the former NFL player who was killed in combat in Afghanistan.

Owens Practices with Eagles for First Time
PHILADELPHIA -- Terrell Owens already has bucked one of Andy Reid's rules.

Jets CB Barrett to fly with commissioner to Tillman's funeral
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Jets cornerback David Barrett will travel with NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue and several other league officials to the funeral of former teammate Pat Tillman.

Mora proud of new class
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Coach Jim Mora says it's no accident the Atlanta Falcons' class of draft picks seems mature.

Officials insist Muhammad is staying with team
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers say Muhsin Muhammad isn't going anywhere.

There's a lot to absorb on first day for new safety
KIRKLAND, Wash. -- Michael Boulware had plenty to digest on his first day in pro football.

Manning looking to improve on MVP numbers
MUNCIE, Ind. -- Peyton Manning picked up an MVP award, two playoff victories and a $98 million contract after having the best season of his NFL career.

Jaguars backup quarterback diagnosed with Crohn's disease
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Doctors have diagnosed Jaguars quarterback David Garrard with Crohn's disease, an intestinal ailment that sent him to the hospital last week and left him sidelined Friday for the start of the team's minicamp.

Falcons juggle linebackers
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Remember how quickly the Atlanta Falcons reversed their decision to make Patrick Kerney an outside linebacker two years ago?

Dallas' Fair Park is Cowboys' first choice for new stadium
DALLAS -- The Dallas Cowboys proposed Friday to build a $650 million stadium at the home of the Texas State Fair with a plan that includes $425 million in public funding.

Rookies get crash course on first day of minicamp
ASHBURN, Va. -- It's minicamp time, and the rookies' heads are swimming.

God and games mix in youth ministry
TULSA, Okla. -- It's Wednesday night, and the hottest teen hangout around is packed and throbbing with what seems an unholy beat.

Faith calendar
The Faith Calendar is a roundup of church and temple activities. Space is limited. Deadline is noon Monday. Send items to virginia.norton@augustachronicle.com.

Publishers work to lure turned-off youths to the Bible
For many of today's teens, the Bible, human history's most important book, is so "yesterday." Ignorance abounds, and worsens with each generation.

Summer expedition planned to try to prove existence of Noah's Ark
WASHINGTON -- An expedition is being planned for this summer to the upper reaches of Turkey's Mount Ararat where organizers hope to prove an object nestled amid the snow and ice is Noah's Ark.

Pope tells U.S. bishops of need for holiness, humble lifestyles
VATICAN CITY -- Pope John Paul II told American churchmen Thursday that bishops must strive for personal holiness and a lifestyle imitating "the poverty of Christ."

Prayer can bring us closer to God
When the Apostle Paul wrote, "To this end we always pray for you ..." (2 Thessalonians 1:11), he expressed a firm belief that we should pray for one another, especially those undergoing trying times, and that our prayers make a difference.

Religion News in Brief
CONCORD, N.H. -- Conservatives in the diocese led by the Episcopal Church's first openly gay bishop have left to form a breakaway parish.

Music, seminars offered in Augusta
The Christian rock band Resurrection was a sort of beachhead in the culture wars when it was started in the early 1970s.

Area cities plan breakfast events to mark National Day of Prayer
Under the banner Let Freedom Ring, based on Leviticus 25:10, local believers will join millions of others across the country Thursday in a variety of ways to seek blessings for the country for the National Day of Prayer.

Speaker to share story of struggle
Ruth Bell Graham's first lessons in forgiveness came quickly with the give-and-take of growing up in a family. But the years brought deeper hurts, and with them deeper, more costly lessons.

Noisy house guests relocated

Horse deserves shot at Pimlico

'Sesame Street' comes to Afghanistan

Dean talks to executives about television talk show
MONTPELIER, Vt. -- Former Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean is talking to television producers about hosting a talk show.

'Sesame Street' comes to Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan -- The famous puppets of "Sesame Street" will help Afghanistan's children overcome their country's traumatic past, starring in videos to be shown in schools recovering from Taliban rule and decades of war.

Michael Jackson indicted pleads not guilty to charges

People in the News

Bob Edwards signs off as host of NPR's 'Morning Edition'

Video best

Heidi Fleiss sues ex-boyfriend Tom Sizemore

The top five list

Georgia gets 8th straight

Georgia gets 8th straight
ATHENS, Ga. - Justin Holmes' two-run double, followed by a two-run single by Josh Morris, keyed a four-run sixth inning that helped carry Georgia to its eighth victory in a row, 7-2 over Kentucky on Saturday.

South Carolina falls to Mississippi
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Steven Head threw a four-hit complete game and hit a home run to lift Mississippi to a 6-1 victory over South Carolina on Saturday.

South Carolina reports eight secondary NCAA violations
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina reported seven violations, four involving the football program, to the NCAA between June 1 and Dec. 31 last year.

South Carolina falls to Mississippi

Japanese airline pilot nods off in air - in front of inspector

Odds and Ends

Former big leaguer stuck in minor league bathroom

Faith calendar

Speaker to share story of struggle

Music, seminars offered in Augusta

Religion News in Brief

God and games mix in youth ministry

Publishers work to lure turned-off youths to the Bible